Daniela Rossell Ricas y Famosas

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Author: Daniela Rossell Texts by: Barry Schwabsky English, Spanish 2002, 160 Pages, 83 Ills. Softcover 315mm x 222mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1236-1

"The following images depict actual settings." This sentence introduces a disturbing book of photographs about Mexico's super- rich in their huge, frequently enormously tacky mansions and luxury apartments. The women, and also occasionally the men, pose in front of endless pools in the sun, model their newest designer clothes and show off their lifestyles far away from all profane everyday business; at the same time, they present their art collections and pet their - mostly stuffed - animals. For seven years, Daniela Rossell did not visit the poor in suburban slums but this minuscule minority, Mexico´s millionaires, merging modern contemporary and classical Mexican documentary photography. Despite their shrill, gaudy content, the photographs exude a calmness and precision which endow the viewer with the necessary distance. The photographs cater to the most different human instincts, from voyeuristic curiosity to disgust to naive awe about the diversity of human lifestyles in the 21st century. The photographer: Daniela Rossell, born in 1973 in Mexico City. Studies art at the National School of Visual Arts, U.N.A.M. Since 1993, participation in numerous group exhibitions (New Museum of Art, New York; P.S.1, New York) as well as solo exhibitions in renowned galleries (Greene Naftali Gallery, New York). Lives and works in Mexico City. Exhibition Schedule: Casa de América, Madrid June 2002 · P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York June 2002 · San Diego Contemporary Art Museum September 2002 · Kunstwerke Berlin November 2002; Universidad de Salamanca April 2003